Basketball camp for youth coming to Sooke

The co-ed camp is intended for skill improvement and more ball time

 

 

A basketball camp will be coming to Sooke from Aug. 14 to 17 to help local youth improve skills before the upcoming season.

The camp will take place at Edward Milne community school, and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

There are about 30 spots available for both boys and girls going into Grades 6 to 9.

“We’re going to teach them basic fundamentals and team play and sportsmanship,” said one of the coaches, Trevor Bligh.

“We’ll be broken down into 60 per cent skill development and forty per cent team play.”

The intention of the camp is to build interest in basketball amongst Sooke youth, and to ensure kids entering middle school and high school basketball have the proper foundation to continue.

“We’re getting a lot of kids with no basic fundamental skills that are entering high school and we figured this would target it,” Bligh said, adding the camp will also give more opportunities for youth to play ball.

“I want to make basketball as easily accessible to kids in Sooke as soccer, hockey and fastball. We’re looking to have a youth league in the future and this is a good way for us to get numbers.”

Kids can register by contacting Bligh at: theblighs@gmail.com. There is a $59 registration fee and the deadline is Aug. 9.

Fees will be used to pay for gym rentals, and any remaining proceeds will be donated to the senior boys basketball team.